Troy’s 750 Square Foot “Crowd Pleaser” Apartment

published Dec 7, 2011
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Name: Troy Vanderheyden
Location: Hollywood — Los Angeles, California
Size: 750 Square Feet
Years lived in: 2 months — rent

Whenever my friend Jeff Eyser is behind a project I always know it will be well executed with charm and a sense of humor. When he was hired by the producer of his network, Troy Vanderheyden, he was given literally three weeks to completely renovate and decorate the apartment. Toning it down for livable comfort, Jeff merged his set design skills with general appreciation of architecture and a muted color palette, to create this amazing home.

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Troy recently downsized from a large house, into this two level Spanish style apartment. What I really love most is that they were able to bring out the charm of the original architecture by embellishing the stairs and little arched nooks — yet Jeff still took his leap and gave it a modern twist. “I grew up in LA so I have been influenced by modern design and the changing form of decorating. I love marrying all the pop culture that is LA into my homestead.”

There are many key elements in this home — like the awesome lighting choices, the rad dining room with eclectic mismatched chairs and the awesome little balcony off the master bedroom. Of all the collectables and artwork Troy notes the most significant thing in his home — “The photo from Where the Wild Things Are when you walk in the door. Saw it in a gallery and was one of five signed by the director and cinematographer and knew it would be part of the rest of my life. “

Troy believes that comfort comes first, which makes sense for someone who travels all the time. He is a producer for reality television and spends ample days on location and in the production offices. He felt that the most essential part of designing his new space was “Making it home. I travel a lot so coming home and feeling like I have some ownership of the space is important.”

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: My style is Mid century crossed with L.A. farm house.

Inspiration: Architects like Richard Neutra inspire me and Lowbrow artists like Luke Chueh so it all gets mashed up.

Favorite Element: The Edison bulbs and my picture from Where the Wild Things are. Jeff did a good job of mixing up my likes and livability.

Biggest Challenge: Downsizing into a smaller place and making it feel like home.

What Friends Say: They walk in and love it. They immediately are drawn to the window and living room set up. The whole thing is a real crowd pleaser. I have heard on more than one occasion that it reminds them of a sitcom set but I think that is fun.

Biggest Embarrassment: Lack of bathroom storage due to my products.

Proudest DIY: Hiring Jeff.

Biggest Indulgence: The whole place is an indulgence. I needed to set up a life that I felt comfortable with after breaking up with my ex and moving into a smaller place. This place feels like home.

Best Advice: Have a good friend that will help you with the execution of design. Jeff knows my style and still has his own views but no matter what made it happen and as a good friend.

Dream Sources: Pacific Design Center, Design within Reach, Restoration Hardware.

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Resources of Note:


    • All the colors were taken from the Restoration Hardware fan deck.


    • Couch: Gus Modern
    • Side tables: Jonathan Adler
    • Lamps: Crate and Barrel
    • Drapery: Target
    • Pillows: Room Service LA
    • Sconces: Lamps Plus


    • Table: Crate and Barrel
    • Chairs: DWR
    • Chandelier: West Elm
    • Artwork: Custom
    • Mirror: Ikea


    • Chandelier: Tom Dixon
    • Accessories: CB2


    • Bed: Crate and Barrel
    • Bedding: Target
    • Lamps: Crate and Barrel
    • Bench: Hold It Home
    • Chairs: West Elm
    • Desk: West Elm
    • Sconces: Lamps Plus
    • Art Work: Custom
    • Accessories: CB2

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Interior Design by Jeff Eyser
Thanks, Troy!

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